Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest, co-ed private, Catholic university in the northeast USA, Sacred Heart University students enjoy a prime location in Fairfield County, one of the wealthiest regions of the USA. Part of the greater New York City region, our two main campuses in Fairfield are safe and green with several newly-built residence halls and academic facilities to accommodate our growing population.

SHU offers a strong liberal arts & sciences curriculum paired with 70+ forward-thinking, career-oriented academic majors, minors and special concentrations. SHU continues to invest in building campus spaces designed to serve ESL, undergraduate and graduate students.

Princeton Review ranks SHU among The Best 387 Colleges 2022, and Best Business Schools 2022. SHU recently joined US News & World Report listing of Top National Universities. SHU also operates two European campuses, in Dingle, Ireland and the Duchy of Luxembourg.

In small, personal classrooms geared for discussion, SHU prepares students for a future in STEM areas with an IdeaLab Engineering Makerspace and AI, VR , and AR labs, careers in Game Design, Art & Design, Media Arts with TV & Film studios, Health Professions and Business programs in Sports Management, Fashion Marketing, Tourism & Resort Management, and MBA among others.

Scholarships & funding

All applicants for undergraduate programs are automatically considered for merit-based academic scholarships: these are partial scholarships awarded on the base of the applicant's grades in secondary school or college transcripts.

Additionally, students who elect to participate in Sacred Heart's performing arts programs (dance, theater, choir, band, orchestra) and/or community service can receive additional grants.

There are no scholarships for graduate programs at SHU.


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Awards & Accreditations

Among Best 396 Colleges, Best 244 Business Schools

The Princeton Review

Among Best National Universities, Best Undergraduate Business Schools

U.S. News & World Report:

Accredited Institute

Colleges of Distinction

#1 Hidden Gem University in New England

College Gazette

#10 for Students Most Engaged in Community Service

The Princeton Review

Student services & facilities

  • Amazing athletic facilities, including basketball courts, spinning studios, yoga studios, indoor climbing walls, golf simulator, fencing gym, bowling alley, soccer fields, football stadium, golf course, indoor ice arena.
  • Health Services and Counseling Center
  • International and Immigration Support Services
  • On-campus libraries
  • Free shuttle service to train station, residence halls, mall, downtown Fairfield, academic buildings


Sacred Heart University is located in the town of Fairfield, in Connecticut, only 1 hour from New York City.

There are also two international campuses for study abroad: one in Luxembourg and one in Ireland.

Student lifestyle

Everything at SHU is designed to keep you happy, healthy, safe, and productive.

Sacred Heart University offers over 60 student-run clubs and organizations to all undergraduates on campus. These clubs present students with opportunities to meet fellow students who share similar interests, to connect with faculty and staff outside of the classroom, and to become more connected to the Sacred Heart community.

Additionally, students can get involved in athletics, by either attending one of the many NCAA Division I games, or by joining one of the 37 club sport teams: from basketball to figure skating, from tennis to indoor climbing.

More than 700 students also get involved in our performing arts groups, which offer great shows throughout the year.

SHU Student Life office is proud of all the events that are organized during the year, from trips to the beach or skiing, to siblings weekend and the President's Gala.


Undergraduate students are guaranteed university housing for all 4 years. University housing is required for the first two years only, but can be for all four years. SHU residence halls are located on our campus or walking distance from it: they are modern, very safe and offer double or triple rooms with different features, including gyms, study rooms, student lounge, game rooms, laundry room and more.


Average rating 4.8

Based on 10 reviews.

Eduardo C

SHU gave me many unforgettable moments and friends for life. I love the campus and all the resources the school offers.

Jagdeep S

I feel like Sacred Heart University is a place which is constantly evolving and it’s just great to be a part of this community which is very welcoming and open to new possibilities. It’s just magical.

Yuna U

I love SHU Dance Company, where I’ve met so many kind, beautiful, talented people.


Sacred Heart University

5151 Park Ave
06825 Fairfield CT
United States of America (USA)

School rating
Based on 10 reviews.